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What real-life figure inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula"?
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  1. Prince Vladislav Basarab was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's "Dracula" character. The prince ruled over Wallachia in the middle of the 15th century. His father was called Vlad Dracul, which translates into "Vlad the devil." The prince became known as Vlad Dracula, "son of Dracul." He was better known, however, by another title, that of Vlad Tepes, which means "Vlad the Impaler." Vlad earned that nickname due to his habit of impaling enemies on wooden stakes. While the real Dracula was infamous for his cruelty, the character created by Bram Stoker doesn't resemble the real-life inspiration except for his social standing and name. Movies based on the book would occasionally draw a closer connection between the Count Dracula character and the real-life villain on whom he was based.

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